Question about Mathematics - Allen Stairs responds

Are positive numbers in some way more basic than negative numbers? Response from: Allen Stairs In more than one way, the answer is yes. It's clear that psychologically, as it were, positive
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Are positive numbers in some way more basic than negative numbers? Response from: Allen Stairs In more than one way, the answer is yes. It's clear that psychologically, as it were, positive numbers are more basic; we learn to count before we learn to subtract, for instances, and even when we learn to subtract, the idea of a negative number takes longer to catch onto. Also, the non-negative numbers were part of mathematics long before the full set of integers were. (In fact, treating zero as a number came later than treating 1, 2, 3... as numbers.Also, we can start with the positive numbers and define the set of all integers. The positive numbers are usually called the natural numbers in mathematics, and N is the usual symbol for the natural numbers. The integers Z are sets of ordered pairs of natural numbers on the usual definition. The integer that "goes with" the natural number 1 is the set of pairs{(1,2), (2,3), (3,4), 4,5)...}(By "goes with" I mean it's the integer that, when. . .

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